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Bale makes first league start of season alongside well-owned Kane and Son

After scoring a late winner against Brighton last Sunday, Gareth Bale (£9.5m) is set to make his first league start for Tottenham Hotspur since returning to north London.

The man on loan from Real Madrid will star in a fearsome front three alongside Harry Kane (£11.0m) and Son Heung-min (£9.6m) – the season’s two highest FPL scorers – with Matt Doherty (£5.8m) and Sergio Reguilon (£5.6m) retaining their spots at full-back.

Bale replaces Erik Lamela (£5.8m) in head coach Jose Mourinho’s only change from the 2-1 win over the Seagulls, which gave Spurs their first home win of the season.

It’s a different story for them on the road though, winning all three away matches at a combined score of 12-3. The many managers who have captained either Kane or Son this weekend will be expecting to repeat this 4-1 average against a winless side currently sat in 18th place.

Kane scored his 200th Spurs goal in Thursday night’s Europa League win over Ludogorets and has a superb record against today’s opponents West Bromwich Albion, netting seven times in seven matches.

This slow start to the season has put Slaven Bilic under pressure and his reaction is to make three changes from their 2-0 defeat at previously winless Fulham.

Matheus Pereira (£5.9m) and Grady Diangana (£5.5m) starred in the Baggies’ promotion push but both make way in an apparent switch to 5-4-1.

Branislav Ivanovic (£4.5m) is the third man to miss out, as he and Pereira have returned positive coronavirus tests ahead of the international break.

In their places come Callum Robinson (£5.5m), Kyle Bartley (£4.5m) and Dara O’Shea (£4.3m), with the latter two playing their first minutes since completing all of West Brom’s first four games.

Robinson scored twice in Gameweek 3’s thrilling 3-3 draw with Chelsea and Bilic is counting on both he and Karlan Grant (£5.9m) to provide the goals that could save his job.

West Brom are undefeated in their last three home clashes with Spurs.


WEST BROMWICH ALBION XI (5-4-1): Johnstone; Furlong, Bartley, Ajayi, O’Shea, Townsend; Krovinovic, Livermore, Gallagher, Robinson; Grant.

TOTTENHAM HOTSPUR XI (4-3-3): Lloris; Doherty, Alderweireld, Dier, Reguilon; Hojbjerg, Ndombele, Sissoko; Bale, Son, Kane

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1,497 Comments Post a Comment
  1. built_this_city
    • 3 Years
    2 months, 17 days ago

    definite kane fail today, should have captained trent alexander arnold

    1. Big_Andy_GAWA
      • 9 Years
      2 months, 17 days ago

      I had a feeling he would stop scoring today. I had the armband on Ziyech all week, too!!

    2. Jam0sh
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 8 Years
      2 months, 17 days ago

      Yes

  2. Gobigorgohome
    • 9 Years
    2 months, 17 days ago

    I am selling Kane
    he keeps playing at CDM and it is frustrating

    1. El Fenomeno R9
      • 5 Years
      2 months, 17 days ago

      Its ok,3 points for assists

    2. thegaffer82
      • 9 Years
      2 months, 17 days ago

      Bit of hyperbole going on here.

      Sometimes he sits, sometimes he drops deep.

      When he drops deep he's an excellent assist maker. When he goes forward he's a goal threat.

      I'm keeping for the long term I reckon.

      1. thegaffer82
        • 9 Years
        2 months, 17 days ago

        *sometimes he goes forward, sometimes he sits deep

      2. Pumpy Pro
        • 11 Years
        2 months, 17 days ago

        Yer . He doesn't know what he's talking about. You have pretty much nailed it

  3. Brosstan
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 6 Years
    2 months, 17 days ago

    Kane literally playing the Pirlo role

    1. Fred54
      • 6 Years
      2 months, 17 days ago

      Got a World Cup medal?

    2. Gobigorgohome
      • 9 Years
      2 months, 17 days ago

      Makelele role actually

      1. Brosstan
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 6 Years
        2 months, 17 days ago

        Did Makelele ever play a pass that was longer than 5 meters?

        1. Gravless are for Kinnear
          • 7 Years
          2 months, 17 days ago

          He didn't need to

  4. TheSteel
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 8 Years
    2 months, 17 days ago

    Would love a 1-0 win here just to shake things up before the break.

    1. TheSteel
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 8 Years
      2 months, 17 days ago

      WBA win*

  5. Nightcrawler
    • 1 Year
    2 months, 17 days ago

    Thats a red card challenge. Violent conduct

  6. Collie01
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 3 Years
    2 months, 17 days ago

    Should have been a FK

  7. Flair
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    2 months, 17 days ago

    Bale and Son drifting into striker while Kane drops deep as usual, hmm

    1. Hazz
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 3 Years
      2 months, 17 days ago

      So unexpected.

      1. Flair
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        2 months, 17 days ago

        Very expected

        1. Hazz
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          • 3 Years
          2 months, 17 days ago

          whoosh

          1. Flair
            • Fantasy Football Scout Member
            2 months, 17 days ago

            back at you 😆

            1. Hazz
              • Fantasy Football Scout Member
              • 3 Years
              2 months, 17 days ago

              That's not how it works...

    2. Giggs Boson
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 9 Years
      2 months, 17 days ago

      Yep. But Kane can score from long shots, corners, penalties, plus he has good assist potential. Lots of points avenues.

      I own Son(C) & Bale myself, but Kane is someone I'm worried about.

  8. ⭐ Bemba_Da ⭐
    • 10 Years
    2 months, 17 days ago

    spurs have been poor

    1. Daniel - FH,BB,TC,WC left
      • 11 Years
      2 months, 17 days ago

      Bale's fault. Past his prime?

      1. ⭐ Bemba_Da ⭐
        • 10 Years
        2 months, 17 days ago

        new system I guess, it may take a few days for everyone to get up to speed

        Also likely tiredness and complacency

    2. CROYDON DE BRUYNE
      • 4 Years
      2 months, 17 days ago

      Didn’t play well vs Burnley or Brighton either

  9. Daniel - FH,BB,TC,WC left
    • 11 Years
    2 months, 17 days ago

    I am not very fond of how Bale is disrupting this Spurs team

  10. Camzy
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 10 Years
    2 months, 17 days ago

    How is that not a foul... Ndombele didn't even see him coming and just barreled into him.

    1. Fred54
      • 6 Years
      2 months, 17 days ago

      *Ntumbele.

  11. IRBOX ⚽
    • 3 Years
    2 months, 17 days ago

    I really hope West Brom can nick a win here

    1. Collie01
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 3 Years
      2 months, 17 days ago

      Oh no. Need my Regulion CS

  12. davies
    • 6 Years
    2 months, 17 days ago

    Kane playing very deep again

    Sign of things to come in the bigger games?

  13. Zim0
    • 2 Years
    2 months, 17 days ago

    Son to Ziyech and Kane to Vardy on the cards then

  14. OptimusBlack
    • 7 Years
    2 months, 17 days ago

    First to score
    A- Kane
    B- Bale
    C- Son

    1. KAPTAIN KANE
      • 4 Years
      2 months, 17 days ago

      D Grant

    2. ivantys
        2 months, 17 days ago

        D - Grant

      • TheSteel
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 8 Years
        2 months, 17 days ago

        D-Grant

      • Zim0
        • 2 Years
        2 months, 17 days ago

        E Hugo Lloris own goal

        1. Daniel - FH,BB,TC,WC left
          • 11 Years
          2 months, 17 days ago

          D Grant

          1. KAPTAIN KANE
            • 4 Years
            2 months, 17 days ago

            Amazing effort everyone, fantastic

    3. The Red Devil
      • 5 Years
      2 months, 17 days ago

      I'm afraid having capped son for the first time this week, I might've broken him :/

      1. Hazz
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 3 Years
        2 months, 17 days ago

        I capped him last week, was broken well beforehand.

        1. The Red Devil
          • 5 Years
          2 months, 17 days ago

          Such a shame

    4. Daniel - FH,BB,TC,WC left
      • 11 Years
      2 months, 17 days ago

      Bale spends more time complaining than playing? No wonder he likes golf more before Real

      1. Daniel - FH,BB,TC,WC left
        • 11 Years
        2 months, 17 days ago

        Is it than or then?

        1. ivantys
            2 months, 17 days ago

            than

            1. Daniel - FH,BB,TC,WC left
              • 11 Years
              2 months, 17 days ago

              Cheers

              1. Clam. ☘️
                • 6 Years
                2 months, 17 days ago

                Than = 'a' for ' a comparison'.
                Then = 'e' for 'timE'.

      2. Brosstan
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 6 Years
        2 months, 17 days ago

        The fans at the Hawthornes are looking a bit flat...

        1. Pep Roulette
          • 3 Years
          2 months, 17 days ago

          Hahahaha

      3. Pep Roulette
        • 3 Years
        2 months, 17 days ago

        Well well well. Looks like it's time to lose one of Kane/Son!

      4. KingZZ
        • 4 Years
        2 months, 17 days ago

        Transferred Fornals in before the Fulham game only. Now i am worried he might lose his place. Would it be crazy to do this for a - 4 hit?

        Fornals + Son - - > Grealish + Ziyech

        1. Hazz
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          • 3 Years
          2 months, 17 days ago

          The only thing against that is that Sheffield United are weak on the side Fornals plays. Otherwise, yes. Antonio is the West Ham attacker (currently) worth getting.

      5. Zim0
        • 2 Years
        2 months, 17 days ago

        Who's a better pick for City against Fulham? KDB or Sterling?

        1. jamiejoe
          • 5 Years
          2 months, 17 days ago

          KdB for consistency and Sterling for the hauls.

          1. Zim0
            • 2 Years
            2 months, 17 days ago

            Then Sterling?

            1. Big_Andy_GAWA
              • 9 Years
              2 months, 17 days ago

              Sterling more exciting to own, IMO.

      6. Stupendous
        • 8 Years
        2 months, 17 days ago

        Perfect showing to inspire the fire sale of Kane and Son.

        So many choices!!!

        Who is everyone lining up???

        Kdb/Sterling/Torres and maybe Ziyech/Werner here with some juggling!

        1. Brosstan
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          • 6 Years
          2 months, 17 days ago

          Son -> Bruno most likely.

          1. The Ilfordian
            • Fantasy Football Scout Member
            • 2 Years
            2 months, 17 days ago

            Not if you own Mahrez

            1. Brosstan
              • Fantasy Football Scout Member
              • 6 Years
              2 months, 17 days ago

              Why would anyone own Mahrez?

              1. The Ilfordian
                • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                • 2 Years
                2 months, 17 days ago

                He was all the rage a few weeks ago. Now just causing rage

      7. ⭐ Bemba_Da ⭐
        • 10 Years
        2 months, 17 days ago

        best hope for kane is a lucky penalty

        1. built_this_city
          • 3 Years
          2 months, 17 days ago

          yea i think so - in tears here

        2. Pep Roulette
          • 3 Years
          2 months, 17 days ago

          This

      8. Bennyboy1907
          2 months, 17 days ago

          Early thoughts pls?

          Martinez (Forster)
          Robbo Chillwell Lamptey (Saiss, Mitchell)
          Salah Son Grealish Zaha (Bissouma)
          Kane DCL Bamford

          Have 2FT and 1.1Mil ITB

          1. melvinmbabazi
            • Fantasy Football Scout Member
            • 7 Years
            2 months, 17 days ago

            Son To bruno?

        • Salan
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          • 11 Years
          2 months, 17 days ago

          Not feeling good as a Kane & Son owner.

          1. Pep Roulette
            • 3 Years
            2 months, 17 days ago

            This

          2. Jam0sh
            • Fantasy Football Scout Member
            • 8 Years
            2 months, 17 days ago

            What's wrong

          3. sandman58
            • 2 Years
            2 months, 17 days ago

            Relax
            Everyone has 1 or both

            1. threeputt
              • 11 Years
              2 months, 17 days ago

              I don't, I'm behind the sofa right now !

        • diesel001
          • 4 Years
          2 months, 17 days ago

          Salah(c) going to be the winners?

          1. The Ilfordian
            • Fantasy Football Scout Member
            • 2 Years
            2 months, 17 days ago

            Bruno(c) already won

            1. UNDERWORLD7
              • 9 Years
              2 months, 17 days ago

              No

        • Hryszko
          • 3 Years
          2 months, 17 days ago

          Why are people so negative already about Kane & Son? It's 20 minutes in...

          I own both and am not worried.

          1. Flair
            • Fantasy Football Scout Member
            2 months, 17 days ago

            You must be new here

            1. IRBOX ⚽
              • 3 Years
              2 months, 17 days ago

              Coming from the 0 year representative 😆

              1. Gnu
                • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                • 11 Years
                2 months, 17 days ago

                Shows you what you know.

                1. IRBOX ⚽
                  • 3 Years
                  2 months, 17 days ago

                  Not in your case 😎

          2. diesel001
            • 4 Years
            2 months, 17 days ago

            You should be worried......

          3. 1zverGGadeM
            • 3 Years
            2 months, 17 days ago

            We are living in hysteric world these days 🙂

          4. jamiejoe
            • 5 Years
            2 months, 17 days ago

            It's madness...

            The instant success required doesn't go beyond 25 mins these days

          5. Jam0sh
            • Fantasy Football Scout Member
            • 8 Years
            2 months, 17 days ago

            This 😀 they might score or not

        • Collie01
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          • 3 Years
          2 months, 17 days ago

          WBA look more likely to score so far

        • Zim0
          • 2 Years
          2 months, 17 days ago

          This is kinda amazing. So much value gained from dcl, rodriguez, kane, son and I'll be removing them all by gw12

        • ⭐ Bemba_Da ⭐
          • 10 Years
          2 months, 17 days ago

          cleared off the line from spurs, west brom going for it

        • Fred54
          • 6 Years
          2 months, 17 days ago

          Well the main thing is Biden/Harris won.